Wrongfully Charged

Wrongfully Charged

The Unreasonable Search and Seizure On January 10, 2020, a San Francisco Superior Court judge, at the request of a San Francisco Police officer, issued an arrest warrant in connection with a residential burglary. Mot. Suppress Evid. Off’d Against Def. Prelim. Hr’g, 6:1-2. The warrant listed suspects to be arrested and described a residence in…

Social Equity: Will the Cannabis Industry Choose to Overcome Its Lack of Diversity?

Social Equity: Will the Cannabis Industry Choose to Overcome Its Lack of Diversity?

Image by Terre Di Cannabis from Pixabay. In the world of legal cannabis, a new phrase has taken over: Social Equity. What does this really mean? Social Equity in the cannabis industry is an attempt to level the playing field for individuals who were negatively impacted by the prohibition of cannabis.         Long before the re-legalization…

Constitution-Free Zones: How the Fourth Amendment Rights of Americans are Violated at and Near the Border

Constitution-Free Zones: How the Fourth Amendment Rights of Americans are Violated at and Near the Border

A Not So “Welcome Home” on a Scorching Summer Drive Across the Border Imagine driving through miles upon miles of dry, barren, flat roads into Laredo, a border town in southern Texas, on a scorching hot August day. You are returning home after a long trip to Mexico.  The car is packed with your belongings.…

What “Good” has Come from the “Good Faith” Exception?

What “Good” has Come from the “Good Faith” Exception?

A Wise Justice’s Forewarning Breonna Taylor at a graduation ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky. Source. In 1949, Justice Frank Murphy dissented in the case of Wolf v. Colorado, passionately defending the exclusionary rule. The forward-thinking justice, who was a leading advocate in the fight for racial equality, warned that only by exclusion can we ensure that…